UPDATE: Accidental drowning announced as cause of death for body found in Vermilion River

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2nd UPDATE: Accidental drowning has been announced, by the coroner’s office, as the official cause of death for 32-year-old Christopher Thibodeaux, whose body found in the Vermilion River Monday.  Additionally, officials say no foul play is suspected.  

UPDATE:  The body has been identified as 32-year old Christopher Thibodeaux who had gone missing in the area last week.

Original Story

Lt. John Mowell with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office says they’re waiting on the coroner’s report to release the identity of a man whose body was found Tuesday morning in the Vermilion River near the 400 block of Wilderness Trail.

“Unfortunately, this morning, the river patrol boat did find a body.”

Mowell says the man’s body was found while officials were searching for 32-year-old Christopher Thibodeaux who had gone missing in the area last week.

“Approximately one week ago, we had a missing person from the 400 block of Wilderness Trail. We had a large search and rescue operation, we did a search for him.”

He tells me every day since then, river patrol crews have canvassed the area looking for anything that may help them find Thibodeaux.

It wasn’t until Tuesday morning that they found something— the body of a man.

“We launched our detectives and some of our search and rescue members. We did a recovery of the body and since then that’s been taken to the coroner’s office for further examination on an autopsy.”

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